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Selebrasyon! :: Music

05.06.14

Lacaye HCX @ BAM | DanceAfrica

lacayelogoHCX and La Caye Restaurant team up at DanceAfrica for a special day of community fun with live music by Zing Experience and drink specials!

DATE / TIME: Saturday, May 24th, 2014 / Noon – 8pm
LOCATION: La Caye Restaurant, 35 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
ADMISSION: Free.

 

La Rèn Solèy | U.S. Film Premiere & Live Musical Tribute to Martha Jean-Claude, Toto Bissainthe and Lumane Casimir

 

ren soley womenThe premiere screening of La Rèn Solèy, a film by Frantz Voltaire & Nitze Mathelier will include a post-screening discussion and live tribute performance with special female guest vocalists Riva Nyri Precil and Melanie J-B Charles accompanied by Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band.

La Rèn Solèy follows the history of legendary Haitian female musicians such as Lina Mathon Blanchet, Lumane Casimir, Emerante de Pradines, Martha Jean-Claude, and Toto Bissainthe.

Frantz Voltaire is the director of CIDIHCA, and information and documentation center for the Haitian, Caribbean, and Afro-Caribbean communities. He is also a historian and political scientist. Voltaire has worked on the realization of many documentaries including Pòtoprens Se Pam (1999) on the bicentennial of Port-au-Prince.

Riva PrecilAbout Riva Nyri Precil
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Haiti, Riva was exposed to traditional Haitian music and culture, which greatly influenced her eclectic music and fashion palette. A singer, songwriter, dancer, jeweler, and artist, Riva has performed in various Haitian art and music events. She is currently working on her debut solo album which will be a fusion of traditional Haitian songs, soul, R&B and jazz elements.

Melanie Candid Live shotAbout Melanie J-B Charles
Melanie J-B Charles is one of the most dynamic young voices of our time. A Haitian-American, Brooklyn native, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger & producer. Melanie is known widely for her jazz skill; her take on Haitian Rasin (Roots) sound has made her a tour-de-force at performances all over the world.

Buyu AmbroiseAbout Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band
Jazz saxophonist Buyu Ambroise imports the infectious rhythms of konpa with the iconic American jazz of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. The band’s improvisational spin on traditional Haitian polyrhythms weaves an exhilarating blend of experimental jazz harmonies and earworm solos on the bass, keyboard and drums.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 31st, 2014 / 7 – 10pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
LOCATION: ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Map
ADMISSION: Tickets are $15 in advance.

 

Konpa Nite

konpa nite iconEnjoy a discussion on the evolution of Konpa with your favorite musicians followed by an evening of dancing and the hottest Konpa tunes. Special invited guests include: Fanfan Tibot of Tabou Combo, Edy Brisseaux & Steve Desrosier.

DATE / TIME: Friday, June 6th, 2014 / 6pm – Midnight
LOCATION: Brasserie Creole, 227-02 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11411 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation.

 

No Passport Party

Join HCX for the blowout finale of Selebrasyon! featuring Afrobeat & world sound fusion DJs Sabine Blaizin and Gardy Girault for an exclusive No Passport Party! In 2013, Gardy introduced No Passport Parties, an eclectic movement drawing from the magical melodies and beautiful rhythmic roots of Haiti, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, combined with modern and retro electronic music.

Dj SabineDJ Sabine Blaizin‘s sound focuses on the exposure and pleasures of African Diasporic music. Brooklyn Mecca and Oyasound are a few of her creative projects. Over the years, DJ Sabine’s mainstay and cultivation has been the monthly event Brooklyn Mecca which has been coined the home of “Grassroots Dance Culture”. Her Oyasound EP is currently in the works. Most recently, Sabine has joined the Ocha Records label as their Brand Marketing Director/Producer and Bembe NYC Party resident DJ. Check our her Soundcloud here.

gardyDJ Gardy Girault is rapidly becoming one of the best “house music” DJs in Haiti.  Influenced by the sounds of his beloved country, Gardy started his music career in 2008 – playing in clubs alongside artists like Yves Larock and Jephte Guillaume and at international events such as WMC in Miami, France, and New York Fashion Week. Check out his Soundcloud here.

DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 28th, 2014 / Doors open at 9pm
LOCATION: DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10013 Map
ADMISSION: $15 in advance / $20 at the door.

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Selebrasyon! :: Film

05.05.14

La Rèn Solèy | U.S. Film Premiere & Live Musical Tribute to Martha Jean-Claude, Toto Bissainthe and Lumane Casimir

ren soley womenThe premiere screening of La Rèn Solèy, a film by Frantz Voltaire & Nitze Mathelier will include a post-screening discussion and live tribute performance with special female guest vocalists Riva Nyri Precil and Melanie J-B Charles accompanied by Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band.

La Rèn Solèy follows the history of legendary Haitian female musicians such as Lina Mathon Blanchet, Lumane Casimir, Emerante de Pradines, Martha Jean-Claude, and Toto Bissainthe.

Frantz Voltaire is the director of CIDIHCA, and information and documentation center for the Haitian, Caribbean, and Afro-Caribbean communities. He is also a historian and political scientist. Voltaire has worked on the realization of many documentaries including Pòtoprens Se Pam (1999) on the bicentennial of Port-au-Prince.

Riva PrecilAbout Riva Nyri Precil
Born in Brooklyn and raised in Haiti, Riva was exposed to traditional Haitian music and culture, which greatly influenced her eclectic music and fashion palette. A singer, songwriter, dancer, jeweler, and artist, Riva has performed in various Haitian art and music events. She is currently working on her debut solo album which will be a fusion of traditional Haitian songs, soul, R&B and jazz elements.

Melanie Candid Live shotAbout Melanie J-B Charles
Melanie J-B Charles is one of the most dynamic young voices of our time. A Haitian-American, Brooklyn native, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger & producer. Melanie is known widely for her jazz skill; her take on Haitian Rasin (Roots) sound has made her a tour-de-force at performances all over the world.

Buyu AmbroiseAbout Buyu Ambroise & the Blues in Red Band
Jazz saxophonist Buyu Ambroise imports the infectious rhythms of konpa with the iconic American jazz of John Coltrane and Wayne Shorter. The band’s improvisational spin on traditional Haitian polyrhythms weaves an exhilarating blend of experimental jazz harmonies and earworm solos on the bass, keyboard and drums.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, May 31st, 2014 / 7 – 10pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)
LOCATION: ShapeShifter Lab, 15 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Map
ADMISSION: Tickets are $15 in advance.

 

Vizaj Nou | U.S. Film Premiere

vizaj nou

Following the select screenings and discussion with filmmaker Gessica Généus, Sarah Dupuy will perform her take on folk, rock, and roots accompanied by her eclectic band which features the kora, Haitian percussion, and bass.

Vizaj Nou is a documentary series created by actor & producer Gessica Généus featuring Anthony Pascal (Konpè Filo), Viviane Gauthier, Odette Roy Fombrun and Frankétienne. Watch the trailer here and check out the archive of our past An n’ Pale with Gessica about her career and Vizaj Nou.

About Gessica Généus
Gessica Généus is best known for her on-screen performances in I Love You, Anne and Le Président a-t-il le SIDA? She also starred in Raoul Peck’s Moloch Tropical. Recently, she decided to get behind the camera. Vizaj Nou is one of her first directing and producing endeavors.

sarah dupuyAbout Sarah Dupuy
Sarah Dupuy is a first generation Haitian-American based in New York. Working with various traditional roots, rock and jazz bands, Sarah has gained a following on the Port-au-Prince music scene as well as in New York. Dupuy’s original compositions, written for voice and guitar, work to fuse the old with the new for a fresh take on Haitian troubadour.

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 / 6 – 10pm
LOCATION: Kombit Bar & Restaurant, 279 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
ADMISSION: FREE.

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Selebrasyon! :: Literature & Spoken Word

05.05.14

An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with singer & author Mimerose “Manzè” Beaubrun

Boukman group photoJoin us for a conversation with Manzè Beaubrun, lead singer and co-founder of Boukman Eksperyans, about her new book Nan Domi: An Initiate’s Journey into Haitian Vodou, followed by a performance with Boukman Eksperyans. Known for their musical revolution, the Grammy-nominated group is a fusion of traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae.

DATE / TIME: Friday, May 23, 2014 / 6 – 11pm. Discussion will begin at 7pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, first come first serve.

 

Lirik Ayiti : Rasin/Chimen :: Lyric Haiti: Roots/Routes

Join us for a night of spoken word, storytelling, and poetry highlighting the Haitian-American experience in New York. Hosted by poet Ayinde Jean-Baptiste and featuring performances by Lenelle Moïse, & Patrick Sylvain.

Lenelle MoÔse

Lenelle Moïse, the author of Haiti Glass, is an award-winning poet, playwright and performer. She creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized texts about the intersection of identity, memory and spirit.

 

patrick sylvain

Patrick Sylvain is an author and educator who uses Haitian Creole and English with masterful skill, capturing moments and a deep romance with a place and its people.

 

DATE / TIME: Sunday, June 8th, 2014 / 6 – 7:30pm. Doors open at 5:45pm.
LOCATION: Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY 10012 Map
ADMISSION: $15 at the door.

 

Salon d’Haïti

Presented in collaboration with PEN Haiti, PEN American Center & Akashic Books, authors from the U.S. and Haiti will share select readings and discuss their work. Featuring authors Katia D. Ulysse and  Jean-Euphèle Milcé.

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Katia D. Ulysse is a native of Haiti and writes in English and Haitian Creole. Her work appears in The Caribbean Writer, Meridians, Peregrine, and Smartish Pace. Her stories are anthologized in MacomèreBrassageButterfly’s WayHaiti Noir, and Mozayïk, among others. Drifting is her first book of fiction.

JeanEuphele

Jean-Euphèle Milcé is a Haitian author and director of the PEN Haiti House of Literature. His novel, Alphabet Nights , published in 2004, won the Prix Georges Nicole in Switzerland and was a finalist for the Prix Prince Pierre de Monaco among others. His works revolve around the drama of exile and uncertainty of the crossing.

 

DATE / TIME: Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 / 5 – 8pm
LOCATION: Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368 Map
ADMISSION: Free.

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Selebrasyon! :: Discussions & Workshops

05.05.14

An n’ Pale | Café Conversation with singer & author Mimerose “Manzè” Beaubrun

Boukman group photoJoin us for a conversation with Manzè Beaubrun, lead singer and co-founder of Boukman Eksperyans, about her new book Nan Domi: An Initiate’s Journey into Haitian Vodou, followed by a performance with Boukman Eksperyans. Known for their musical revolution, the Grammy-nominated group is a fusion of traditional Haitian and Caribbean rhythms with rock and reggae.

DATE / TIME: Friday, May 23rd, 2014 / 6 – 11pm. Discussion will begin at 7pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation. Seating is limited, first come first serve.

 

Konpa Nite

Enjoy a discussion on the evolution of Konpa with your favorite musicians followed by an evening of dancing and the hottest Konpa tunes. Special invited guests include: Fanfan Tibot of Tabou Combo, Edy Brisseaux & Steve Desrosier.

DATE / TIME: Friday, June 6th, 2014 / 6pm – Midnight
LOCATION: Brasserie Creole, 22702 Linden Blvd, Jamaica, NY 11411 Map
ADMISSION: Free. $10 suggested donation.

 

Atis Angaje Forum

Artists of the “Atis Angaje” movement will discuss their experiences and political work during the Duvalier regime as well as the impact of art as a political tool in the Diaspora. With panelists Daniel Huttinot and Georges Vilson and video presentation by Lionel Legros. Co-presented with NYU’s Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies.

Daniel Huttinot is one of the founding members of Troupe Kouidor, a leftist performance art ensemble that utilized their craft to raise awareness of political issues under the Duvalier regime. Huttinot was also a political analyst on “L’Heure Haïtienne” from 1973 to 2000.

Lionel Legros is a Haitian journalist and directed the radio show “L’Heure Haïtienne” for over 20 years. His work documenting the experience of refugees from all over the world stands as a contribution to the voice of the displaced.

Georges Vilson is an archivist & musician who has worked to document Haitian folk and traditional music. His experience singing with well-known artist Manno Charlemagne links him to the early stages of a prolific movement of artists working to acknowledge and fortify Haiti’s cultural link to activism.

DATE / TIME: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 / 6 – 9pm
LOCATION: King Juan Carlos the I of Spain Center, 53 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10003 Map
ADMISSION: FREE. $10 suggested donation.

 

Community Curated Project: Istwa Djakout Mwen (The History of My Djakout)

graciepassportLed by artist Gracie Xavier in honor of Haitian Heritage Month, Istwa Djakout Mwen and Collage Workshop will utilize found objects and collage to help participants share stories of their voyage to the United States.

Gracie Xavier is a Haitian visual artist from New York. She is currently receiving her MFA in Community Arts from Maryland Institute College of Art. Learn more about Xavier’s work here.

DATE / TIME: Saturday, June 14th, 2014 / 1 – 3:30pm.
LOCATION: FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St Johns Place Brooklyn, NY 11238 Map
ADMISSION: Free. Workshop will accommodate 20 people, please arrive early to ensure your seat. First come first serve.

 

Evolution | Revolution : A Panel Discussion on Contemporary Haitian Dance

04_Cumbe_logo_lockupsPresented in collaboration with CUMBE: Center for African & Diasporan Dance, join HCX for a panel discussion with dancers Julio Jean & Goussy Célestin on the evolution of traditional & contemporary dance in Haiti and the Diaspora. Discussion will be followed by a participatory dance demonstration.

DATE/TIME: Saturday, June 14th, 2014 / 5 – 6:30pm
LOCATION: CUMBE: Center for African & Diasporan Dance, 558 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
ADMISSION: Free.

 Lakay Se Lakay :: Home is Home :  Haitian Electronic Artist conversation Series

LakayA panel of Haitian & Haitian-American DJs share insight on their style and the role of Haitian traditional sounds in their mixes. Panelists are Val Jeanty, Richard Laurent (Earthman), Justin Hyppolite (Dj Deepjust Aquabeat), Marjory Smarth, and Gardy Girault.

DATE/TIME: Friday, June 27th, 2014 /  6:30 – 9pm
LOCATION: The Commons, 388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
ADMISSION: Free.

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